Gibson ES-175D Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1953)
Gibson ES-175D Model Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1953), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # A-15670, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, laminated maple body, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original brown hard shell case. Item # 7532
This is a lovely example of an early-1950's ES-175D, Gibson's classic "Working Man's" Jazz guitar. This guitar was built when the single-pickup 175 was already a very successful design, having found immediate acceptance with players for its combination of great sound and playability at a moderate price. The new two-pickup ES-175D was cataloged as a separate model just this year, although a few custom examples had been built earlier. The second pickup at the bridge adds a lot of tonal versatility, though many jazz players still continue to prefer the sound of the neck PU alone. All other features of both models were the same, the "D" just adding the extra pickup, knobs and switch to the mix.
The sunburst laminated maple body is triple bound on the front and single bound on the back, the neck is single bound with split parallelogram fingerboard inlays. The headstock carries the pearl Gibson logo and crown inlay and Kluson Deluxe tuners with "keystone' buttons. The original hardware includes double P-90 pickups with black plastic covers, the standard Gibson rosewood bridge, a 5-ply beveled-edge pickguard, earlier L-7 style tailpiece and tone and volume controls with amber "hatbox" knobs. The white Gibson label bears an "Artist" serial number dating to 1953. This era's ES-175 has been used by far too many Jazz guitar greats to count; the double-pickup examples like this one are also great early Rock'n'roll, rockabilly and R&B guitars.
Overall length is 40 1/2 in. (102.9 cm.), 16 in. (40.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 3 5/16 in. (8.4 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.). Very clean overall with all original hardware and some light average wear. There are some dings on the rim from rubbing against the inside of the case, and one noticeable chip out of the finish on the back of the neck just behind the nut. The jack has the tiniest of repaired cracks on one side and a slightly Larger washer added under the retaining nut. The original pickguard has warped upwards somewhat and has two small, inexplicable patched screwholes in the face. Other than this the only alteration is an added strap button at the heel. This is a very fine playing and sounding 175, one of the nicer "D" models we have had in a while. Includes a fairly well worn but functional HSC of the style just earlier than the familiar "Cali girl" brown model. Overall Excellent Condition.
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